The parents of a little girl who has spent the past five years living at Auckland's Starship Hospital have struck another hurdle in their desperate bid to bring their daughter home.

Ana-Carolina de Moraes Lobo Bircham, 6, was last month given the green light to go home with her parents today - meaning she would finally be tucked into her own bed and be able to play in her own backyard for the first time.

However, due to logistical reasons - including health authorities not being able to find enough nursing staff to look after Ana-Carolina - her discharge date